Agent Ribbons

 

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The story of Agent Ribbons has not one–but many–beginnings, and fashioning some semblance of chronology from their cut-and-paste six-year history is an art project in and of itself. Originally hailing from the shanty-Victorian streets of downtown Sacramento, they now reside in Austin,TX when they aren’t traveling the world and jamming econo.

The two piece band, made up of Natalie & Lauren Ribbons, keep it simple with their original guitar, drums and vocals line up. Their live shows are a combination of classic pop and muscular hard edges, bringing both an honest minimalism and unapologetic theatricality to their live shows.

Agent Ribbons isn’t just a band–it’s a tree house club of post-feminist dreamers trying to find their place in the scheme of things, like a hand-sewn and lovingly-crafted garment in a modern, disposable world. Listening to everything from Eartha Kitt to the Velvet Underground and taking notes from bands like The Shaggs, The Boswell Sisters and The Zombies, they miraculously reconcile seemingly-unrelated genres, sounding something like Girls in the Garage doing the Three Penny Opera. Waxing sentimental over the eerie beauty of all things lost to time, the emphasis is undoubtedly in the lyrics, which favor clever turns of phrase and occasional humor, but never at the expense of the melodic integrity of their catchy, memorable songs.

Since 2007, the band has toured the U.S. more times than they can remember. Some of those tours were with big national acts like Camera Obscura, Cake, Detroit Cobras and Girl in a Coma, and the rest were done vigilante-style in a Chevy Astro.

Antenna Farm released the sophomore album from Agent Ribbons, called Chateau Crone, in October of 2010; the album went on to garner praise from the likes of NPR, Vice, Bust, and many more. Watch for a new EP, Let Them Talk, coming in September of 2012, a teaser for their third full-length, coming in 2013.

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